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‘The Walking Dead’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Named Most In-Demand Series In the World

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‘The Walking Dead’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Named Most In-Demand Series In the World
During the NATPE Miami international content market and conference on Jan. 22 it was revealed that The Walking Dead and Stranger Things were the most in-demand series in the world for 2018, according to Parrot Analytics

The global TV analytics firm announced the news during the inaugural Global TV Demand Awards. AMC’s undead drama The Walking Dead was the most in-demand TV series in the world while the nostalgic Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things was the Most In-Demand Digital Original Series in the World.

The Walking Dead cast members Josh McDermitt and Pollyanna McIntosh and producer Denise Huth were on hand to accept the award.

The AMC series recently aired its season 9 midseason finale in November. The third season of Stranger Things is set to debut on Netflix July 4.

The Global TV Demand Award winners were determined using Parrot Analytics’ global audience demand measurement system, which measures how much a TV series
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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

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Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentleman” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93

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Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93
Singer-comedienne Kaye Ballard, who starred alongside Eve Arden in the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was among the stars of the 1976 feature based on Terrence McNally’s farce “The Ritz,” died Monday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93.

She had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival, according to the Desert Sun, and became ill soon after.

Ballard’s career spanned stage and screen, and she was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.

On the show Ballard played Katherine “Kaye” Josephina Buell, the overly emotional wife of Roger Buell (played by Roger C. Carmel) and overprotective mother of Jerry Buell (Jerry Fogel). She was an unenthusiastic housewife, frequently spoke in Italian, and
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Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere

Amazon Launching ‘The Expanse’ Seasons 1-3 Worldwide Ahead of Season 4 Premiere
Amazon has acquired worldwide subscription-streaming rights to the first three seasons of “The Expanse,” the space thriller that originally aired on Syfy, leading up to Prime Video’s debut of season 4 later in 2019.

Seasons 1-2 of “The Expanse” are currently available in the U.S. on Prime Video. All three seasons, comprising 36 episodes in all, will become available on the service in over 200 countries and territories starting Feb. 8.

Amazon picked up the fourth season of “The Expanse” after NBCUniversal’s Syfy cancelled the show last year. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced that deal in May 2018 at the
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What Will Happen to ‘The Simpsons’ as Disney Takes Over Fox?

What Will Happen to ‘The Simpsons’ as Disney Takes Over Fox?
When “The Simpsons” ends its 30th and current season this spring, it will have racked up 663 original episodes — having a season ago passed “Gunsmoke” (635) as the longest-running scripted program in television history. But with the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox pending, one of TV’s least likely institutions could prove more valuable to its new owner in retirement than as a going concern.

Sources with knowledge of negotiations tell Variety that Fbc and studio 20th Century Fox Television are near completion of a deal to renew “The Simpsons” for a 31st and 32nd season. The terms of the agreement,
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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93

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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93
Celebrated author, humorist and The New York Times columnist Russell Baker died Jan. 21 in his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

In addition to his celebrated and much-lauded newspaper columns, Baker hosted PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre beginning in 1993, succeeding Alistair Cooke, and stayed in the spot until 2004, becoming one of public television’s most familiar presences.

According to the New York Times, his son Allen Baker said that he died of complications from fall. Baker was born August 14, 1925 in Morrisonville, Va. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1947. From there, he went on to become a prominent writer. He is best known for his irreverent Times column titled “Observer” which leaned into politics as well as other facets of culture. The column also ran in hundreds of newspapers for 36 years. He received his first Pulitzer Prize for his column in 1979 and then received a second for his best-selling autobiography Growing Up
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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)

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‘Our Cartoon President’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime (Exclusive)
Showtime has renewed the animated comedy “Our Cartoon President” for a second season, Variety has learned exclusively.

The 10-episode second season is slated to debut later this year. Stephen Colbert executive produces along with Chris Licht and showrunner R.J. Fried. Tim Luecke serves as lead animator and co-executive producer. Matt Lappin serves as consulting producer. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios.

The series offers a satirical look at a “normal day” inside the presidential administration of Donald Trump. In addition to Trump, administration officials like Betsy DeVos, Jared Kushner, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump have all been parodied on the show in addition to many others.

The first season showed the cartoon president’s attempts at “winning” the State of the Union address, comforting disaster victims, rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments, and highlighted his relationship with the media

The show was originally picked up
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Ratings: Conners Ends on High Note, FBI Goes Low After Celeb Big Brother

The Conners wrapped its freshman run on Tuesday night with 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, rising 15 percent and two tenths week-to-week to mark its largest audience since Oct. 30 and its best demo number since Episode 3.

Among ABC’s other offerings, The Kids Are All Right (4.9 mil/0.9) was up a tenth, black-ish (3.4 mil/0.8) were both steady, and Splitting Up Together (2.6 mil/0/.7) dipped a tenth.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (4.9 mil/1.2) was down 9 percent ad two tenths from Monday’s premiere. Leading out of that, FBI (7.4 mil/0.8) slipped 20 percent to series lows. NCIS: New Orleans (6.7 mil/0.8) hit an all-time audience
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Songs for Screens: Beyond ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ 2018 Was a Record Sync Year for Queen

Songs for Screens: Beyond ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ 2018 Was a Record Sync Year for Queen
As “Bohemian Rhapsody” approaches a landmark $800 million at the global box office, another Queen milestone quietly took place in 2018. With appearances in nationwide campaigns for Amazon, Ram Trucks, Google, Peloton, Silk Almondmilk and many more, Queen’s music was licensed by more blue-chip brands than any other calendar year.

And in the first few weeks of 2019, a moody take on the band’s “Under Pressure” (featuring vocals from singer-songwriter Cara Salimando) has been in heavy rotation on Fox as the soundtrack to promos for Season 2 of medical drama “The Resident,” suggesting that even more Queen songs and interpretations may still be on the horizon.
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NBC Sports Is Latest to Team Up With a Working Athlete

NBC Sports Is Latest to Team Up With a Working Athlete
P.K. Subban is best known for his work on the ice on behalf of the Nashville Predators. But if NBC Sports and the National Hockey League defenseman have their way, he might gain some notoriety for his performance on solid ground.

NBC Sports this evening will launch “The P.K. Project,” a multi-episode digital series featuring the three-time NFL All-Star, via NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and the NBC Sports YouTube channel. Viewers can see Subban’s hometown and even some interactions with country musician Lee Brice. New episodes will launch each Wednesday. As part of a broader agreement between NBC Sports and Subban,
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Natpe: Spain’s Fernando Leon de Aranoa in Talks to Helm Joaquin Sabina Series (Exclusive)

Natpe: Spain’s Fernando Leon de Aranoa in Talks to Helm Joaquin Sabina Series (Exclusive)
Award-winning Spanish writer-director Fernando Leon de Aranoa is in talks to direct a bio-series about celebrated Spanish artist Joaquin Sabina.

Endemol Shine Boomdog, Btf Media and Sony Music Spain will jointly produce the scripted series as well as a documentary on Sabina, the latter with Leon de Aranoa’s Reposado Prods. Both projects are slated for release in 2020.

“It is great to have such an acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter as Fernando joining us on this journey,” said Endemol Shine Boomdog CEO Alejandro Rincon, adding: “Fernando’s extraordinary experience and his close relationship with Joaquin make him the perfect choice to lead these productions.
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General Hospital Spoilers: Jason Risks His Life

General Hospital fans are hoping that Sam and Alexis’ time together was good for them. They’ve been having such a rough time of things in their lives lately, and this might be one of those situations that make them feel better about things. They might be able to get their situation to work in their favor, but they might have been able to bond and spend time together in a way that is more than good for them. We think there is so much they have to offer one another, but we also think that there is so much that

General Hospital Spoilers: Jason Risks His Life
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Hulu Hikes Price of Live-tv Bundle to $45 Monthly, Drops VOD Plan With Ads to $6

Hulu wants to drive more customers to its ad-supported streaming package — lowering the official price from $7.99 to $5.99 per month — while it’s trying to turn a profit on the live-tv bundle with a price hike.

Starting next month, Hulu With Live TV will increase by $5 per month, rising from $39.99 to $44.99 per month (a 12.5% increase). At the same time, the monthly price of Hulu’s ad-supported video-on-demand service is dropping by $2, as it seeks to grow advertising revenue. The ad-free VOD plan will remain unchanged, at $11.99 per month.

Hulu’s new pricing will go into effect beginning Feb. 26 for new subscribers.
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Dude, The Big Lebowski Is Leaving Netflix Next Month

Netflix has announced the slate of films and series leaving the streaming service in February, and anyone who was inspired to revisit The Dude by Jeff Bridges' wild Golden Globes speech might want to go ahead and pencil in a screening of The Big Lebowski this month because the title will be

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Gina Rodriguez Breaks Down While Defending Herself Against Anti-Black Accusations

Gina Rodriguez Breaks Down While Defending Herself Against Anti-Black Accusations
Gina Rodriguez fought back tears while defending herself against accusations she is anti-black during an interview on the SiriusXM radio program “Sway in the Morning.” The “Jane the Virgin” actress has been criticized on social media in recent months for what many have alleged are anti-black comments made in the press.

The backlash against Rodriguez was heightened after she appeared in an actress roundtable discussion for Net-a-Porter in November 2018. Rodriguez was talking about pay disparity during the talk and said black women are paid more than Latinx women.

“White women get paid more than Black women, Black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women,” Rodriguez said at the time. “It’s like a very scary space to step into.”

Rodriguez was quickly slammed online for not doing her research and pitting Latinx discrimination against black discrimination. The actress faced similar backlash in
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Magicians EPs Tease 'Destructive' Monster, 'No Proof of Life' for Eliot

Magicians EPs Tease 'Destructive' Monster, 'No Proof of Life' for Eliot
When The Magicians returns for Season 4 this Wednesday (Syfy, 9/8c), most of the Brakebills gang will have no clue who they really are, but Eliot… well, he might not even exist anymore.

With a monster taking up residence in his body, Eliot’s pals “have no proof of life, [and] really don’t know if Eliot is even alive in there,” co-showrunner Sera Gamble previews, “because he’s been possessed by a monster of such magnitude and destructiveness. It complicates the question. It’s not just, ‘How do we get rid of this monster?’ It’s, ‘How do we get rid of this monster and,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Legend Hunter

Some people let legends lie as they will, while others, such as Pat Spain, want to know the truth and are determined enough to go looking no matter what it costs or what they might find. The show airs on the Travel Channel and seems like it might be a hit for those that enjoy digging up the past and those that love conspiracy theories. Spain is after all going after legends that many have disputed over the years are either impossible or simply don’t exist, and he’s bound to find something, anything, to show that some of these legends

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Legend Hunter
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The Punisher Boss Wants to Bring Daredevil and Kingpin to Season 3

Fans of Marvel's The Punisher can probably expect the show's cancellation notice to drop any day now. Netflix has been steadily shutting down its Marvel shows one by one over the past few months, ahead of Disney's debut of its own streaming service, Disney+, and even the most popular properties have

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Conan Relaunch Reveals 'Secret Son' Milo Ventimiglia in This Is Us Spoof — Plus: Grade the 'New' Half-Hour Show

The three-month Conan “shutdown” ended on Tuesday night, when late-night host Conan O’Brien debuted a streamlined version of his TBS talk show, which now clocks in at 30 minutes.

After 25 years, O’Brien bid farewell to the traditional hour-long format last October. At the time, he said that a 30-minute show would allow him to do “a higher percentage of the comedy in, and out, of the studio that I love,” which “seems to resonate in this new digital world.” That includes his critically acclaimed Conan Without Borders travelogue (now streaming on Netflix), as well as the podcast Conan O
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Anthony Scaramucci Comments on Government Shutdown During Celebrity Big Brother

Although Anthony Scaramucci isn't as boisterous as you might expect him to be on Celebrity Big Brother, he isn't exactly keeping his lips sealed either.

After just a couple days in the house and a few softball questions from Tom Green, the former White House communications director opened up the

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